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VANCOUVER — The vast world that exists beneath the surface of the ocean remains largely unknown to humankind, say experts working on an international database of marine species.

Of an estimated one million species that make their home in the depths of the sea, as many as two-thirds of them are still a mystery, says a study published this week.

Canada has more coastline than any other nation on Earth — a staggering 200,000 kilometres plus — and the nation’s territorial waters cover more than seven million square kilometres over three different oceans.

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The country is a world leader in marine research but even here, the sea still holds many surprises, says Gerhard Pohle, acting executive director of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St. Andrews, N.B.

“There are an amazing amount of things, especially in the ocean, that we don’t know in terms of biodiversity,” says Pohle…

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